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    Quote Originally Posted by bouquin View Post
    (#243) Perfume, Patrick Suskind
    How did you like Perfume? It's been on my tbr list for ages and I haven't yet managed to get around to it.

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    Alyson of Bathe's feeble attempt at completing the 1001 books challenge. You would think a former English major would have a better start than this. For the Reading.

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    Ha, I've read about 90 on the list, but only 28 of those post-1900.

    It's not a terrible list, but it's also not quite a representative list in any sense, it's just a collection of some pretty good, some just OK, novels.
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    Oh it's absolutely not totally representative. I mean, how could you even make a list that would satisfy every literary critic/theorist?

    I still think it's fairly good guide to influential works, but of course there are neglected texts. My main criticism is that's is so Western; very biased.
    Alyson of Bathe's feeble attempt at completing the 1001 books challenge. You would think a former English major would have a better start than this. For the Reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouquin View Post
    My most recent reads: January-Aug. 2012
    (#254) The Wasp Factory , Iain Banks
    (#128) How Late It Was, How Late, James Kelman
    (#772) Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster
    (#243) Perfume, Patrick Suskind
    (#146) The Emigrants, W. G. Sebald
    (#468) The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
    (#053) Spring Flowers, Spring Frost, Ismail Kadaré
    (#205) Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
    (#586) Farewell, My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
    (#609) Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    (#427) Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
    (#445) Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger
    (#897) The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
    (#142) The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields



    September - December 2012:
    (#156) The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
    (#552) Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
    (#208) Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
    (#150) A Heart So White, Javier Marias
    (#158) The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe
    (#198) The Book of Evidence, John Banville
    (#498) The Trusting and the Maimed, James Plunkett
    (#368) Mercier et Camier, Samuel Beckett

    I've made a more thorough accounting, my total is 174 books.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mortalterror View Post
    This 1001 list looks kind of awful, especially pre-1700s. It doesn't take into account that most of the world's great literature was actually written well before then. I put together my own lists as sort of an exercise if anyone is interested.

    Classical Era
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12267
    Medieval Europe
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12262
    15th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12248
    16th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12247
    17th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12246
    18th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12245
    19th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12189
    20th Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=11497
    21st Century
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12249
    The Eastern Canon
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?b=12190

    This is actually a terrific list. Though the Chinese and Japanese content are a bit lacking for me. But I understand we are working from translations here, so it is a bit shaky,

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanPip View Post
    Ha, I've read about 90 on the list, but only 28 of those post-1900.

    It's not a terrible list, but it's also not quite a representative list in any sense, it's just a collection of some pretty good, some just OK, novels.
    Well, it certainly is a collection of novels, which makes it rather boring. Filling 1000 must read novels is merely an abuse of time. There are other forms of literary art out there. Then again, I am one of those few who reads very few plays, so I cannot argue too much.

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